Paying your Taxes is as important as giving your Tithes

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As the nation heads into what appears like an economic head wind of shrinking revenues, it is becoming clearer that a lot more attention will be put into raising tax revenues.

How should believers respond when the tax man starts to knock on doors? Jesus provides us an example of how to respond. He pays: even though in his case, he was exempt.

Many people hide behind the profligacy in government as reason why they dodge taxes. This excuse will not stand before God’s standards.

The bible is quite explicit about the responsibility believers have to set example of good conduct by discharging such civic responsibilities like paying taxes. Here’s what it says:

For civil authorities are not a terror to people of good conduct, but to those of bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation. [4] For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, you should dread him and be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer. [5] Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience. [6] For this same reason you pay taxes, for the civil authorities are official servants under God, devoting themselves to attending to this very service. [7] Render to all men their dues. Pay taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:3-7 AMP)

We are to pay our taxes, not for fear of prosecution, but as a matter of principle: a principle just as important as that of giving a tithe. For as the bible says, give to each, his due.